peppermint

January 27, 2018

Basic Plant Identification

First, What type of plant is it?      Woody tall plant – shrub or tree Broad leafed  – has leaves and flowers (Angiosperm) Evergreen – has needles and cones (Gymnosperm) 2.   Herbs and other plants Monocot or Dicot Monocots have one root, one seed leaf,  parallel veins on leaves, and floral parts […]
February 23, 2018
eczema

Herbal Anti-Itch Cream

Herbal Anti-Itch Cream – Recipe and Research By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT This herbal anti-itch cream recipe can come in handy during the dry Winter months.  Research studies have shown these herbs may have potential in treating various skin conditions such as pruritus, […]
March 12, 2018
eye health

Memory Tea and Diffuser Recipes

Pictured – Ginkgo Tea By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT Memory feeling foggy?  Need to give your cognitive abilities a jump start?  Try drinking this memory tea or running a diffuser with the essential oils listed below. Memory Tea Ingredients: 2 tsp of […]
March 20, 2018
minty toothpaste

Easy Breezy Minty Toothpaste Recipe

It is very easy to make your own homemade minty toothpaste.  You just need three ingredients:  peppermint leaves, baking soda, and coconut oil.  Mix it up, put a small amount on your toothbrush, and your mouth will be minty fresh! Minty Toothpaste Ingredients 1 cup of coconut oil 1/2 cup […]
March 22, 2018
joint pain

Essential Oil Joint Ointment Recipe

This Essential Oil Joint Ointment Recipe may be helpful for joint pain and mild strains and sprains. Joint pain can include bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis, and sprains. For inflammation from an injury, apply ice as soon as possible, and rest, compress, and elevate, and try taking turmeric or ginger root to reduce inflammation.  […]
March 29, 2018
spasmolytic

Easy Peppermint Tea Recipe

Peppermint – Mentha piperita – Tastes minty, cooling, refreshing.  Drink this Easy Peppermint Tea Recipe to help with congestion, indigestion, and to improve cognition.  Avoid in excess, during pregnancy, and with young children. By:  Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT Easy Peppermint Tea Recipe Ingredients 2 Tbsp of […]
April 3, 2018

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Research

Latin Name: Mentha piperita Family Name: Lamiaceae There is a significant amount of research on peppermint (Mentha piperita).  It has shown to be beneficial as a digestive aid, respiratory aid, and to relief inflammation and muscle spasm and tension.  It’s menthol constituent has shown analgesic activity.  It has also shown antimicrobial, […]
April 3, 2018
analgesic

Analgesic / Pain

Analgesic substances reduce pain in a variety of ways: as a local anesthetic or anti-nociceptive, and also via the nervous system.  The menthol constituent in peppermint has shown topical anti-nociceptive activity, lavender aromatherapy has shown to calm nerves after surgery to help reduce pain, and comfrey has been used for […]
April 3, 2018
anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is our body’s response to infection and injury. Its purpose is to clear out foreign cells and dead cells from the local area.  Inflammation is characterized by increased redness, heat, pain, and swelling to an area.  Anti-inflammatory herbs reduce inflammation in various ways.  For example, spices like turmeric, ginger, […]
April 3, 2018

Anti-itch

Certain herbs taken orally or applied topically have shown to have anti-itch potential.  German chamomile, peppermint, and colloidal oatmeal are examples of herbs that may help show a reduction in symptoms.  In the cases of ongoing or severe itching conditions, consult with a Doctor. Recipes to Help with Itching   […]
April 3, 2018

Essential Oils vs the Same Plant’s Herb

Comparing the Use of the Essential Oil to the Same Plant’s Herb:  Demonstrating that an Essential Oil has Significant Chemical Differences Written By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT, RYT This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Spring, 2018) and  it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer […]
April 6, 2018
Common Cold

Common Cold / Cough & Congestion / Respiratory

The common cold is associated with a nasal congestion, cough, and a sore throat.  There may also be a mild fever.  It can be caused by one of more than 200 different viruses.  It runs its coarse in about one to two weeks. Various herbs can help reduce cough and […]